Author: David Bahde

Training with Purpose

With so much information out there, much of it completely useless simple “models” help you sift through it all. In this case a model is a “system used as an example to follow”. They are universally used to guide people in various endeavors, in this case training. Training models are not new, nor is this …

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Have We Evolved?

Chasing the Narrative – The real goal of Social Media

Justified was a great TV series, been catching up on it, never forget that “justification” for shooting someone is much easier on television, even easier on social media. It might be a good idea to remember that since doing so in court will be a completely different story. Truth is Optional Making life decisions based …

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Speed Kills! Or does it?

Glue, its all about the Glue One of the things you learn attending outside training is the simple fact there are still things to learn. There is always something, even if it’s familiar but expressed differently. Look for different perspectives, it’s what turns you from a trainer to a teacher. That became evident once again …

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Different Levels of Gun Cleaning

Had a friend of mine ask me a couple days ago what the different “levels” of gun cleaning were. It was an honest question, probably deserves a serious answer, sorry this is what he gets. Gun Cleaning as Therapy or Punishment You take your weapon down to the smallest pieces (probably blindfolded) and drag out the white …

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Do you Jitsu or not?

For those in the traditional Japanese martial arts world this may be the most frequently used, misused, and in my opinion abused verbiage. For the gun world think of it as tactics over technique but they apply perfectly in either realm. In fact the similarities in today’s gun world are striking, Definitions Within Japanese culture …

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Yep, “Here’s your Sign”….

There are some plusses and minuses to being in the gun business for so long. Take the SOS (Same Old Shit) factor. On the one hand its puzzling as you get to see people say and do the SOS over and over again as if they are doing something different.  Isn’t that the definition of …

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Practice is Not Always Training

Had a friend ask me a question yesterday, they wanted to know how I decide what to “practice”. The question was prompted by my weekly run with a gun efforts posted on social media.  She asked me why I would do that?  My response was simple, but something she had never thought about.   My time …

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How many carry guns do you have?

I had an interesting question from a reader yesterday, “how many carry guns to you have”, and “how do you decide which one to carry”. Based on my work you would think I have dozens!  Truth is only a few are mine, most are test guns that go back. In general swapping carry guns around is …

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Torture Testing Firearms

          One of my readers asked me a really good question yesterday. “You don’t seem to do torture tests, why not, they seem to be popular?” Short answer, because they are “meaningless and useless when performed as a writer, or any single individual”. To me they are a waste of ammunition …

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Some Things Never Change!

A couple of observations as I sneak up on three decades focussed on using or teaching someone how to use a gun in harms way, and my first decade writing about it in magazines.   Some things never change, neither do some people. While many of those “things” remain, the people unwilling to move, entrenched …

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